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Entertaining the Gods and Man: Japanese Dolls and the Theater

October 2 – January 27, 2013

For most of us the word doll connotes a child’s plaything or precious collectable, but in Japan, ningyō, meaning “human shaped,” are doll-like forms that serve many different purposes, from talismanic and ritual functions to starring in theatrical dioramas and public performances. While the hina-ningyō associated with the Girl’s Day display and the intensely martial forms associated with the Boy’s Day festival have become familiar to those with at least a passing interest in Japanese culture, few have had the opportunity to be exposed to the rich traditions surrounding ningyō and the theater. Ningyō, both entertaining in and of themselves and commemorative of various theatrical traditions, have been a part of Japanese culture for many centuries. This exhibition presents over 60 visually stunning and powerfully engaging ningyō exemplifying this little-explored and undiscovered world of Japanese art.

 
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In order to better understand and appreciate this exhibit, our curator recommends:

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- Japanese Dolls and the Theater Alan Scott Pate

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clientuploads/images/Exhibits/Entertaining Gods and Man/Ningyo_book.pngNingyō: Antique Japanese Dolls
From the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Rosen Alan Scott Pate

AVAILABLE AT THE ONLINE MUSEUM STORE